Yes, MS and Sony get away Scot-free as long as they keep upping the power and keep the 3rd parties happy and Nintendo get a hard time, partly because they used to eb really, really special and not just occasionally so.
What i'm trying to say is that i just find the disccusion around Nintendo and Innovation interesting, Playstation and Microsoft don't get called up on Consersative console making, yet the company that tries new things, do. It feels as though it an exclusive disscusion to Nintendo.
Pikmin 3 is one of the best games I've played in years, it is an utter joy to play and looks gorgeous, why aren't Nintendo producing other 'new' games like this? I know it's the third game in the series but it's the most recent big new franchise from them.
For years they blasted out amazing new games, one after the other.
Zelda, Metroid, Earthbound, F-Zero, Diddy Kong Racing, Fire Emblem, Star Tropics, Pilot Wings, Mario Kart, Star Fox, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country, 1080, Waverace etc.
The vast majority of their resources are now dedicated to sequels which they know will sell, they rarely go all out on something new and ambitious, any new IP is low budget and handheld or casual focused such as Wii Sports or Dylan's Rolling Western.
The penny pinching on hardware is part of it too, no ethernet on a modern console is an embarassingly tight thing to omit, the design of the Wii U to look so much like the Wii is utterly conservative and stupid, ditto the Wii U name.